MILWAUKEE – Concordia University Wisconsin was led by four players in double-figures before late free throws sealed a back-and-forth 79-75 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran College on Saturday night. The contest was the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener for both programs.
CUW (1-2, 1-0 NACC) ended the game with a 5-0 scoring run that saw Mark Scholz and Eric Kittel each make two free throws, while Boubacar Camara drained the decisive attempt with three seconds to play. The Falcons have made 20-plus free throws in all three games this season.
The Falcons crashed the boards for a season-high 51 rebounds, including 19 offensive, and were led by sophomore Brett Boettcher's (New Holstein, Wis.) career-high 13 rebounds. Their hard work led to 18 second chance points.
An area of improvement for CUW on Saturday was its 3-point shooting, as 9-of-19 attempts were made. Senior Steven Brodie (Oak Park, Calif.) came off the bench to lead the charge with four triples and Kittel (freshman, Brillion, Wis.) drained a pair of long balls.
Sophomore Bradley Prinsen (Oostburg, Wis.) paced the Falcons in scoring for the second-straight game with 17 points, to go along with a career-high four assists. Brodie finished with 15 points in 24 minutes of action and sophomore Keith Kahlfeldt (New Berlin, Wis.) had 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Boettcher tallied nine points and two assists.
WLC (2-2, 0-1 NACC) was led by Kyle Stelse's 16 points and nine rebounds. Jim Marose finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Brett Lubbe recorded 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. The Warriors finished a dismal 1-of-9 from behind the arc.
The league game had seven scoring ties and eight lead changes.
CUW drained six first-half 3-pointers and held a nine-point lead with 15:14 to play in the opening half. The lead stayed consistent until Kittle sank a long ball to extend it to 10 points with 7:53 to play in the first period.
From then, WLC went on a 10-0 scoring run to knot the game at 29-29. The next six minutes were back-and-forth until the Falcons took a 42-41 advantage into the locker room.
CUW turned its slim margin into a commanding 13-point lead, 64-51, with just under 12 minutes to play in the contest. The Warriors again responded to take control, 69-68, after an 18-4 scoring run over a six-and-a-half minute stretch.
Despite being outscored 46-28 in the paint, including a 28-16 disadvantage in the second half, the Falcons showed resilience to earn their first win of the season.
CUW will have nearly a week off from competition before hosting Aurora University on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the women's program inside the R. John Buuck Field House.